Why Everyone at your Firm Wins When you Automate Drafting

Most architecture firms are small, with 10 or fewer people wearing many hats: designer, draftsperson, project manager, biz dev, QA, marketing, finance, HR and more. What makes one firm better than the next boils down to two things:

  1. How well do they serve their clients? Are they designing the best building that leaves its owner delighted in all the key dimensions: functional, beautiful, safe, on time, on budget?
  2. How efficiently can the firm do their work? There is always a push-pull between keeping the client happy and having sufficient profit at the end of the project to keep the company vibrant and growing.

For a firm to successfully navigate those two prime factors, they need to maximize time spent in client meetings and design while minimizing the biggest time suckers in their workflows. For nearly every firm, drafting is public enemy number one!

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Bay Area Architecture Community Celebrates Modumate’s Arrival

Last night at Covo SF we hosted a get-together with about 50 people from the Bay Area’s architecture community to celebrate completion of our recent seed funding, and to kickoff what will be a years-long journey to change the way buildings are conceived and constructed.
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Modumate has Completed Our Seed Fundraise!

I’m thrilled to announce that Modumate has raised our seed round of funding totaling $1.5 million. Investors in this round included 205 Capital, Launch Capital, RiverPark Ventures, and TeleSoft Partners, along with many valuable angel investors.
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For ZERO Code to be Seamless, We Need Better Building Metadata

One of the things I am most passionate about as an architect, and excited to tackle through Modumate, is improving the carbon footprint of the built environment.

The way we are building now is simply unsustainable. The world is adding 1.5 million people to cities every week for the foreseeable future. By 2060, the United Nations forecasts we will need to add 2.5 trillion square feet of new buildings, roughly doubling the world’s current building stock.
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Recycling vs Designing for Reuse – Union Carbide (270 Park Ave NYC) Case Study

270 Park Avenue via MikePScott’s Flickr

One of the comments in the AIA’s statement regarding recent news about the planned demolition of the Union Carbide building at 270 Park Avenue in NYC got me thinking about the future of designing buildings for re-use. From the AIA statement:

“without a better understanding of how it will be dismantled and what is going to replace it, demolishing such a recently renovated green building, particularly one as prominent as 270 Park Avenue, implies that sustainable design is a low priority.”

Without getting into the renovation-vs-demolition debate, the “how it will be dismantled” question is what caught my attention.
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Building Performance is the Future of Architecture

Data-Driven Design Is For Everyone

We’re entering a new age of architectural design: the data-driven era. The world runs on data, and we as architects must embrace that revolution and design based on data as well.

The days of Architecture being judged merely as inhabitable sculpture, emotional experience, or artistic statement are fading. “Good design” is no longer what the architect or client “feels good about”; design must be provably successful by a set of clear metrics.
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What Architectural Design Can Learn From Multiplayer Video Games

Every architecture project is a collaborative endeavor. The typical team has a client, architect, contractor, and 3-8 consultants. Medium- and large-scale projects have more consultants, whereas smaller projects have a quirkier relationship with stakeholders.

Today’s Collaboration Tools Slow Us Down

Anyone who’s tried to support this collaboration using today’s 3D design software knows it extends project timelines in many ways:

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Today’s 3D Design Tool Graphics Suck. Architects Deserve Better.

Architecture is all about light and visuals. Take it from the words of the 20th-century masters:

9 Reasons Architects Should Be Designing, Not Drafting

As an architect, what would it feel like if you never had to draft again? Never had to set up a drawing set, or annotate those drawings?

What if all that happened automatically as you designed?

Think about all the additional interesting, impactful work you could be doing. That extra massing scheme you didn’t have time to put together. That new project you declined because you had a permit set crunch this month. Designing an imaginative facade instead of repeating the same four window bays to keep it easy-to-document.
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